The Best Pre-Installed iPhone Apps You Hardly Ever (or Never) Use

Apple iPhones are configured with pre-installed applications that are regarded as Built-in. These apps are designed with the Operating System (OS) and are upgraded when there’s a system update. Also, new applications are sometimes installed with system updates.

An iPhone is fitted with over 30 amazing Built-in Applications that really do come in handy. However, a lot of iPhone users rarely ever make use of these sleek apps, and others don’t even know they exist. In this article, we’ll explore a few of them that are really exceptional, and you should give them a try. 


This is one of our favourite pre-installed Apple applications. The note application was first launched with iPhone Operating System (iOS) 1 far back in 2007. Just like the name implies, the app is used to take quick notes and drawings. Your notes are saved automatically and can be saved in folders for better organization.


The Measure is an application that allows iPhone users to measure objects in metric and imperial units. It was introduced with Apple’s iOS 12 and still runs in later updates. It makes use of the camera, and when it gets closer to measured objects, a ruler that divides measurements into centimetres and inches is displayed. 


Apple’s Translate is one of the features of the 2020 iOS 14. It translates text and speech between selected languages that can be saved offline, including English (British and US dialects), Chinese, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Dutch. 


Books, Formerly known as iBooks, is an application that allows you to read and store e-books, audiobooks, and Portable Documents Formats (PDF). 

Initially, the earliest version of Books was not integrated into iOS devices, but users were able to download it for free from the App Store. Ever since the introduction of iOS 8, Books has been one of the most useful pre-loaded apps on iOS devices. 


Contacts is an application that allows you to securely store a variety of important information like phone numbers, email addresses, birthdays, home addresses and social profile links. Contacts, at first, was a segment of the Phone app but was later developed into its own independent app with the release of the iPhone Operating system 2. 


The News app was developed in 2015 as one of the features of iOS 9. It replaced the Newsstand of older OS versions and provided a news reading platform for users. News now has a new in-app subscription feature called News+ that offers content from a variety of magazines. 


Stocks is one of the apps that was introduced with the launch of the iPhone in 2007. Powered by Yahoo Finance, Stocks helps users monitor the market value of companies in the stock exchange market. It also provides users with business news and articles on companies they follow. 


All of Apple’s built-in apps offer great services and are well integrated with the device’s OS and iCloud Drive. This makes it easy for you to access your documents from any other Apple device. However, if you feel that you don’t have any need for some of these pre-loaded applications and you’re running low on space, you can delete them. 

Although, there are a few of these apps that are considered essential for the proper functioning of your phone, and they cannot be deleted. These apps include Camera, Photos, App Store, Safari, Clock, Phones and Messages.

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